ASIAN FILM - Video
21:40 - 8th January 2013, by David West

Check Out The Trailer For The Amazing Documentary Buffalo Girls

Buffalo Girls is the wrenching, sometimes heartbreaking story of two eight-year-old Thai girls seeking their country's national Muay Thai championship and a cash prize that could change their families' lives forever.

The documentary is the work of Todd Kellstein whose film follows two young girls, Stam and Pet, through the rigours of training in preparation to compete in the unforgiving sport of Muay Thai.

There are some 30,000 chidren under the age of 15 fighting in the rings of rural Thailand.

"When I first saw the children boxing, I absolutely thought it was horrible," says Todd Kellstein.

"It is difficult to understand the economic circumstances that lead to child boxing, but what now angers me is economic inequalities in the world. These circumstances exist and we should think of ways to make it better for everyone. Not just in Thailand, but everywhere."

Buffalo Girls had its world premiere at the 2012 Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

Since then it has played at many film festivals around the world, including the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival, the Awareness Festival and the Southside Festival.

At present it is playing at selected venues in the United States. Hopefully this powerful and emotive film will be picked up for festivals or distribution in the UK.

You can learn more about the movie on the official website and show your support by liking the Buffalo Girls Facebook page.

The trailer is below.

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